Welcome to the 114th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey about their book Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom (B&H, 2017).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Who Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson are.
  • How Thomas Johnson first came to learn about Charles Spurgeon.
  • The first time the Johnsons came to the Spurgeon’s home.
  • How Thomas Johnson regularly encouraged Charles Spurgeon.
  • Why having friends in ministry is so important.
  • Vulnerability in ministry and preaching.
  • Ministering to Millennials.
  • How ministry leaders should go about developing new leaders in the local church.
  • The lessons we can learn from Thomas Johnson continued focus on the Lord in the midst of difficulty.
  • How serious the problem of racism is today and how the Church should respond to it with the gospel.
 About the Guest:
Matt Carter serves as the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which has grown from a core team of fifteen to more than eight-thousand attending each Sunday since he planted it in 2002. Matt has co-authored multiple books including a commentary on the Gospel of John in The Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series and two group studies, Creation Unraveled and Creation Restored, which traced the gospel message through the book of Genesis. He holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate in Expositional Preaching from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for more than twenty years, and they have three children, John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.

Aaron Ivey is the Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, where he pastors a team of three hundred worship leaders, artists, storytellers, and musicians. Aaron has written and produced ten worship albums, and has written hundreds of congregational worship songs that are sung all over the world. His songwriting includes works represented in Worship Together, Jesus Culture, Capital Music Group, Doxology & Theology, and Austin Stone Worship. Passionate about mentoring and developing young leaders and world changers, Aaron spends much of his time communicating on topics of leadership, theology, art, and culture. He and his wife Jamie have been married for fifteen years, and have four children, Cayden, Amos, Deacon, and Story.

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